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doemons-blog · an hour ago
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Book Recommendation #1
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Goodreads | Book 1 Book 2 | Tanaz Bhathena
The Wrath Of Ambar Duology by Tanaz Bhathena is one of my most favourite YA fantasy series' ever!! This book series is set an Indian (& Persian) culture and Hindu mythology inspired world, and it is UNPUTDOWNABLE!
There is a distinct lack of books that are *not* retellings of the Mahabharata when it comes to books which take inspiration from Hindu Mythology, and to find this series when I was getting incredibly frustrated with Indian-inspired fiction was a boon, honestly!
Bhathena does an incredible job of building a world that's complex and does not shy away from talking about the more cruel parts of Indian culture. She touches on the atrocities of the cast system and the rampant misogyny, but at the same time, she does not demonize the "common man" as it were. Everyone has a responsiblity to be receptive to change, but the government has a duty to bring that change about, and this book does a great job of showing how sometimes governements keep opppressive systems in place for their own gain.
While all this political and social commentary is heavy and present throughout, there is also some really fun banter, a sweet romance and a very interesting magic system in this series! The story is pretty much your standard Chosen One narrative, but it really did not get the least bit boring for me! Not because of the plot itself, but because the setting and the characters make it so engaging that you just want to keep reading!
Bhathena has talked about how she took inspiration from The Gulabi Gang for the group of all-female rebels in this book called The Sisterhood of the Golden Lotus. Which is like. HELLO??? These women are The Coolest™ part of this series and I adore them so much!!!
I definitely liked the first book more, mostly because it is a story that's character driven and it lets you explore Ambar as a setting and ~feel~ it out a little. The sequel is very plot-intensive and super fast paced, and I felt a little disconnected to all these characters I had grown to love for a good quarter of the book. It didn't dampen the enjoyment of the series that much for me, but it did feel like a little step down from the first book, so....you know.
Overall, though, this series made for a super enjoyable reading experience and made me feel all warm inside because it had characters who looked like me and dressed like me and ate like me in it!! I genuinely forgot that I was reading a book in English, tbvh. Like I'd read a very angrezi word and then realize that 'oh, wait, this isn't hindi!' That's how immersive it was!!!
LASTLY, WOULD YOU LOOK AT THOSE COVERS, HELLO???
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(I A M D E C E A S E D)
Definitely pick this lovely series up if you're someone interested in Young Adult fiction because you're gonna have a great time! Also hmu if you've read and/or are reading these books and would like to scream about events etc.,
Rising Like A Storm releases on the 22nd of June, 2021. Links to purchase Hunted By The Sky and pre-order Rising Like A Storm from book depository are up there, if you're interested!
PS: Do NOT read that first book when you're hungry because there is a lot of decadent Indian food described and it will make you want to just eat the book.
CWs: mentions of physical and sexual abuse, torture, death, mild gore, panic attacks, PTSD, casteist and misogynistic violence.
South Asian book recommendations (1/?)
I've been thinking about posting some book related content here for a while now so I just decided to kick things off with a recommendation series featuring books I would like for more people to read! So here we are! I hope you guys find a new favourite or two from this series! we'll see how it goes! Have a good one, y'all! Happy reading! ✨
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curiousitychild · 2 hours ago
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i need a book where the hero and the villain and desperately and hopelessly in love
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bookish-brews · 2 hours ago
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Book Review: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Are you looking for... a sweet Vietnamese Romeo and Juliet retelling? A romance book about food? The sweetest secret romance around?
At a glance
Two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.
💞 Young Love
🍜 Book About Food
🌳 Family Focused
🌏 SE Asian Rep
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Book links: Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop.org
Review below:
Title: A Pho Love Story Author: Loan Le Publisher: Simon Schuster Publication date: February 9th 2021
What an incredible book! A Pho Love Story was way better than I thought it was going to be (not that I thought it would be bad!). It was just so good. Right from the beginning I was drawn in, and the entire time I was just yelling back and forth with my friend, Sarah, about how cute it was! A Vietnamese young adult romance?! Count me IN.
A Pho Love Story follows Linh and Bảo, two second generation Vietnamese American teens, whose parents own competing pho restaurants. Though they both attend the same school, they have hardly ever spoken, because of the depth of the feud between their parents. Until one day, Linh is overwhelmed at the restaurant and Bảo secretly helps out, starting a Romeo and Juliet inspired romance story.
A Pho Love Story was the first time that I have ever read this much Vietnamese representation in a book! Not only written by a Vietnamese author, but also has a full Vietnamese cast. The whole thing was unapologetically Vietnamese. To say that meant a lot to me is an understatement. This book was written for me. The food, the language, the customs, it was all there. Loan Le had this amazing way of writing words in Vietnamese, and helping us understand what they were saying without having to directly translate the entire thing. It allowed the text to flow so much better, while retaining the language. It was absolutely stunning.
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paperstrawberries · 3 hours ago
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Femme-Written Fantasies | Lists
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It may be a little too late for Women's March, but then again, it's never too late to empower women at all. In this case, I'll be featuring eight (8) amazing female fantasy authors. So if you haven't already, do yourself a favour and add these books to your TBR!
First up is The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen. What is you fell in love with the person you promised to kill? It follows the story of Lara, a princess trained to become a deadly spy, and is wed to her mortal enemy. This book is actually a sequel to The Bridge Kingdom. I'll do a solo post featuring the duology, because I love this so much.
Next, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. A super long read, but totally worth the time! It tells the story of an epic battle between good and evil for world domination. It had four POVs, but don't get overwhelmed! Hall of Smoke is the first instalment to its series, written by H.M. Long. The plot revolves around Hessa, a last warrior priestess whose village got sabotaged by raiders and she sets on a quest for revenge.
Ariadne, a feminist take on the classic story of Theseus and the Minotaur, by Jennifer Saint. If you don't already know, I love greek mythology so much. The moment this book was released, I went straight on reading it. I was so invested on the story, I read myths about Ariadne and her sisters that I haven't head before. It's amazing.
Then, we have Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. As someone who has read SoC before the Grisha Trilogy, I regret not picking this up sooner. It revolves around Alina Starkov, a girl with powers that can banish darkness. There's also a series adaptation on Netflix, and it's worth the rave!
A Thousand Ships written by Natalie Hayes is a gorgeous retelling of the Trojan War, perfect for the fans of Madeline Miller. It's narrated by Calliope, the goddess of epic poetry. I love this book. It's a new perspective for those who love classics.
The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec, for those who love Norse Mythology. I am absolutely captivated by this debut novel. In this book, an exiled witch falls in love with the trickster god, Loki. Yes, that was enough to make me pick up this book.
Lastly, we have Sistersong by Lucy Holland. Here we follow the lives of Riva, Keyne, and Sinne. The story is set in ancient Britain, inspired by the folklore 'The Twa Sisters'. I love how each of the sisters have something that their heart is set on. Riva, who can cure others, but cannot heal herself; Keyne, who aspires to be the seen as the heir despite being a girl, and sweet Sinne, on the quest for true love. The writing is amazing. It's absolutely worth the read.
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nevermindirah · 6 hours ago
"rodin ate pussy" you think this is a conversation nile and booker had during exile because nile was too shit scared to ask andy if he did? and booker's like ask nicky and joe about michelangelo and see which one capitulates about his dick sucking behaviour first, i have a theory and then andy is like no, nile, actually ask the little bastard about what happened with ernest hemmingway that one night in paris and booker hangs up and wont answer her calls for 3 weeks and she can't hold a straight face talking to him when he does because fucking hemmingway, booker?!?! fucking old man and the sea?! and booker just laugh-cries over the phone like he was hot in the twenties, leave me alone!
OH MY GOD
I was thinking Nile would text Booker the Rodin ate pussy post as an “ideas for next time” sext when they start hooking up like half-way through the exile, but this is EVEN BETTER
Nile: He was hot in the 20s?? was this before or after the atrocious mustache??
Booker: *triple checks with Copley that all pictures of him between 1924 and 1937 have been destroyed with extreme prejudice before responding*
Also I like to think within six months Andy’s telling Nile all kinds of shit she’s been stringing the boys along about for CENTURIES like “I’ll tell you when you’re older” or some shit. Nile pops into the kitchen, mentions to Joe and Nicky that she needs about a dozen more beers for all the gossip Andy is telling her, and they lose their shit, all of a sudden they’re marching out to the campfire shouting “Andromache you promised you’d tell us when we’re older, are we no better than children in your eyes??”
Booker doesn’t find out about any of this for like 30 years and it’s an immediate point of bonding with Joe and Nicky who are still upset
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fairytale-enthuiast · 10 hours ago
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Hi Bookworms! I made a edit! This edit is based off of the red queen series by the queen Victoria Aveyard , not just red queen the first book,so SPOILERS!  Now I guess its time I introduce myself,since this is the first time im really posting.Im FanastyKisses: A book reader who spends waaayyyy to much time in the clouds. Im(Trying) to be a book influencer and review. I will be posting edits and book reviews on tumblr but im on other platforms. I would love if you checked me out( See what I did there?) on other Platforms! https://linktr.ee/FanastyKisses
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belle-keys · 10 hours ago
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Book Recs: Fae and Faeries - for those who want a starting place
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (first in a trilogy - followed by The Wicked King and The Queen of Nothing)
- you gotta read this one man it’s a staple, enemies-to-lovers, poc lead female who isn’t afraid to chop-chop, Cardan is a doofus but our doofus
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (first in The Dark Artifices trilogy - followed by Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness)
- can’t even begin to articulate this one, just... get woke if you haven’t experienced this before
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
- mortal painter girl is commissioned to *painting noises* for a fae and shenanigans happen, lots of the artsy stuff
Kiss the Fae by Natalia Jaster (followed by Hunt the Fae which features *Puck*)
- excellent for the Sexy Times but also makes a really endearing point about nature, animals, and the relationship fae have always had in fairy lore with flora and fauna
A Court of Thorns of Roses by Sarah J. Maas (first in a series)
- sigh
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (first in the Iron Fey series)
- a staple imo, girl gets abducted into Faerie, hot princes and fairy kings, all the works
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- spectacular, amazing, incomparable... I love Holly’s Faerie so much it just comes to life *screams*
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (first in a series; the later books deal a lot with fae)
- sigh
Tithe by Holly Black (first in the Modern Faerie Tales trilogy)
- same Faerie in Holly’s other books, you get to see the Fae as the sum of all their parts here, love it
Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
- fairy bargains and and lead character is at the mercy of cryptic hot Fae Dude
Curse of the Wolf King by Tessonja Odette
- If you like acotar and want a fun, spicy read then you’ll dig this, this book is unapologetically what it is
Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr (first in a series)
- mortal girl mixes with the fae and basically has to become queen or else we’re all screwed
Blackbringer by Laini Taylor (part of a series)
- Fae, witches, the Jinn, crows, plus it’s Laini so mhm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (yes, I’m putting it, *huffs*)
- I happen to love this play and I think Billy popped off here with the shenanigans and hence everyone should read this play but that’s just me
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rockislandadultreads · 10 hours ago
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Memoirs written by Asian Authors
Selected titles celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Eat a Peach by David Chang
In 2004, David Chang opened a noodle restaurant named Momofuku in Manhattan's East Village, not expecting the business to survive its first year. In 2018, he was the owner and chef of his own restaurant empire, with 15 locations from New York to Australia, the star of his own hit Netflix show and podcast, was named one of the most influential people of the 21st century and had a following of over 1.2 million. In this inspiring, honest and heartfelt memoir, Chang shares the extraordinary story of his culinary coming-of-age. Growing up in Virginia, the son of Korean immigrant parents, Chang struggled with feelings of abandonment, isolation and loneliness throughout his childhood. After failing to find a job after graduating, he convinced his father to loan him money to open a restaurant. Momofuku's unpretentious air and great-tasting simple staples - ramen bowls and pork buns - earned it rave reviews, culinary awards and before long, Chang had a cult following. Momofuku's popularity continued to grow with Chang opening new locations across the U.S. and beyond. In 2009, his Ko restaurant received two Michelin stars and Chang went on to open Milk Bar, Momofuku's bakery. By 2012, he had become a restaurant mogul with the opening of the Momofuku building in Toronto, encompassing three restaurants and a bar. Chang's love of food and cooking remained a constant in his life, despite the adversities he had to overcome. Over the course of his career, the chef struggled with suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety. He shied away from praise and begged not to be given awards. In Eat a Peach, Chang opens up about his feelings of paranoia, self-confidence and pulls back the curtain on his struggles, failures and learned lessons. Deeply personal, honest and humble, Chang's story is one of passion and tenacity, against the odds.
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them? Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth. With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
Ali Wong's heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero), covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.
In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so heavily that she became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.
The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal singles life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and disgusting) for all.
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is Kingston's disturbing and fiercely beautiful account of growing up Chinese-American in California. The young Kingston lives in two worlds: the America to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother's "talk stories." Her mother tells her traditional tales of strong, wily women warriors - tales that clash puzzlingly with the real oppression of women. Kingston learns to fill in the mystifying spaces in her mother's stories with stories of her own, engaging her family's past and her own present with anger, imagination, and dazzling passion.
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rslwasmygayawakening · 11 hours ago
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I got stoned with my mom and sister so I’m feeling a bit better now important question because me and my sister need book recs
Does anyone have some good book recs with nonbinary characters in general, and especially in horror because I want a good scary horror novel with a fun nonbinary character
Yes I will also accept anything with a bad ass genderless monster as well but it has to be scary please I want something both me and my sister would enjoy
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my-wildflwr · 12 hours ago
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reading the perks of being a wallflower again bc ive already read every book i have and i want to feel 14 again
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c-valentino · 13 hours ago
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Hidden treasure of your bookshelf
Tell us about a book that is a hidden gem in your opinion. What kind is treasure is hiding on your bookshelf? I'm curious! Hidden on my bookshelf: The Wishing Game by Patrick Redmond Kirkston Abbey School for Boys in 1954, struggling Jonathan Palmer makes an unlikely friend. Richard Rokeby is everything he is not - aloof, handsome, confident... What begins as a friendship between two boys, quickly turns into something possessive and dark. It's a psychological thriller, and I think this book is highly underrated. It's one of the first books I bought, and it's still one of my favorites.
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sighcllops · 13 hours ago
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sitting in my bed crying over tsoa again there ain’t much to it
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explosionshark · 15 hours ago
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Weekend reads:
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey about a geneticist whose shitty husband divorces her to marry a literal more accommodating, submissive version of herself.
Worst Laid Plans: an Anthology of Vacation Horror by Grindhouse Press which is really exactly what it says on the tin. Obsessed with the cover design.
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bookish-brews · 16 hours ago
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"Sometimes finding the way is tricky, but you always do. As long as you don't give up." ― Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
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luminescencefics · 17 hours ago
do you have any non fic book recs? i'm so curious what your taste is like because i love your writing!!
This ask is making me want to up my reading game since I’m in a bit of a lull right now, but I can definitely answer this for ya! 
Two books I always find myself rereading are On the Road by Jack Kerouac and On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I highly recommend the second one, it’s honestly one of my favorites. As for recent books I’ve read that I rec, here ya go:
This is How You Lose Her - Junot Díaz
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Little Weirds - Jenny Slate
Normal People - Sally Rooney 
I’m currently reading Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller and although the topic is heavy, the writing is amazing! I can’t wait to finish. Next on my list is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren because somehow I haven’t read them yet and I live for a good enemies to lovers trope.
Hope this was helpful!
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Hey there, my name’s Liza and I’m sort of new to radical feminism and I’m currently reading making violence sexy by diana russell and I’m planning on reading andrea dworkin but I wondering if anyone knows of any more recently written books on the effects of internet pornography? Also if anyone can recommend any books or resources on the issue of surrogacy as that is something I also want to know more about
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bookish-brews · a day ago
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Book Review: You've Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
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Two weeks after her boyfriend's death, Julie desperately wants to hear his voice one more time, so she calls his cell phone to hear his voicemail and he mysteriously picks up the phone.
🌏 East Asian Rep
😭 Emotional
💔 Grief and Love
🔮 Magical Realism
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Book links: Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop.org
Title: You’ve Reached Sam Author: Dustin Thao Publisher: Wednesday Books Publication date: November 2, 2021
Review below:
You’ve Reached Sam was such a wonderfully sweet read. The writing was wonderful, and fit the story so well. It made me sad right from the beginning, but full of a real understanding of handling grief. It was one of those wonderful books that does magical realism so right. It uses the fantastical only to enhance the real feelings of grief and moving on, and it was so sweet.
The story is about a young high school girl named Julie, who is struggling to grieve and move on from the death of her long term boyfriend, Sam. Through the struggle in trying to cope with the loss of Sam, she tries to call him to listen to his voicemail… and he picks up. Now Julie must deal with how to live her life with this second chance they have been given to say goodbye.
Though this book is naturally really sad, considering the main topic is about getting over the death of the love one. But what I really enjoyed was that the writing went with it so well. The writing was light, and so it let you fill in your own emotion into the story. We all know grief in some way, and we all grief different, and Dustin Thao really gave us the space to do that. It all worked together in such a great way, I absolutely adored it.
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